What we do
We are who we are because of what we do and the scale on which we do it. Everything we do is different. From the big ideas right through to the big deals, our bigger picture is always growing. That’s down to the expertise of our lawyers, who are specialists across the board.
Our key UK & ME Practice Areas are:
Banking & Finance add
This team works across the full spectrum of financial specialisms including Capital Markets, Project Finance and Funds to name just a few. Trainee work is no different, with tasks including drafting, assisting with signings and deal management.
This is where contentious (investigations) and non-contentious (advice) client work lives. Trainees here get to interview witnesses and undertake complex market research.
Covering Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Restructuring, Financial Disputes and Commercial Disputes, there’s certainly a lot to learn. Trainees will be involved in transactions for private and public companies.
Dispute Resolution add
With a split between International Arbitration, Restructuring, Financial Disputes and Commercial Disputes, work here is connected by resolving disputes between parties.
Energy, Transport and Infrastructure add
Covering Energy, Environment, Construction and Rail, Trainee work will have a strong focus on business development, research and drafting.
People, Reward and Mobility add
Think contentious and high court work. Employment law is constantly changing and trainees have to keep up with cases and rulings.
Real Estate add
Divided between Transactional Real Estate, Planning and Housing & Care. Trainees see it all. They draft, manage deals and work with the Land Registry.
We’re talking corporate to private client work. The kind of work that goes across borders. Trainees are client-facing, assist with negotiations, calculate fees and complete research.
Technology Media & Telecommunications add
This area covers IP rights, copyright issues, data protection, cyber security, privacy laws and franchising. Trainees become integrated through client meetings, drafting and researching cases.
Private Client add
This seat involves a lot of client contact and trainees help draft wills, administer estates and oversee executory contracts.
But, what does it all really mean?
You know our areas now, but let’s put them into context. Put some names to practice areas and get an insight into our work.
- FTSE-100 consumer goods group Unilever announced plans to sell its spreads business in April 2017. They shortlisted buyers in the auction before selecting KKR as the preferred bidder in December 2017.
- Dentons advised leading global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on its €6.825 billion acquisition of the Baking, Cooking and Spreads division including brands such as Flora.
- It was the largest private equity transaction in Europe in 2017. The deal won the European Private Equity Deal of the Year at the Deal Awards Europe 2018. The award went to KKR, Dentons and other advisory teams involved.
- The Dentons team was led by Stephen Levy and Joe Altendorff, both partners in Dentons’ Corporate team in London.
- Products including Flora, Becel, Pro-Activ, Bertolli and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter were within the businesses sold and they are now part of a new group established by KKR called Upfield.
Over 70 jurisdictions and 300 lawyers were involved.
The deal was the largest leveraged buyout announced in Europe in 2017
Won Private Equity deal of the Year 2018
Dentons advised KPS Capital Partners (KPS), the global private equity firm focused on investing across a range of manufacturing industries, on its acquisition of Brunswick Corporation’s leading fitness brands, including Life Fitness, for US$490 million.
Their fitness brands include Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group, SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards. They manufacture and sell various cardiovascular and strength equipment as well as billiard tables in over 160 countries.
Dentons also advised KPS on its purchase of Glasgow-headquartered Howden for the value of US$1.8 billion in the same month.
Value: US$490 MILLION
TNB – Renewable Energy
Dentons advised Tenaga Nasional Berhad (“TNB”), one of the largest utility players in Asia, on its first foray into onshore wind farms in the UK. The acquisition, which has an enterprise value of approximately £171 million, provides TNB with an 80% shareholding in two UK renewable companies, GVO Wind Limited and Bluemerang Capital Limited.
The two companies comprise of 53 operation onshore wind turbines, with a total combined capacity of 26.1MW across the UK. This strategically important acquisition significantly strengthens TNB’s renewable asset base in the UK and it is a major milestone in their overseas expansion.
Dentons’ Corporate team led on the acquisition structure and transaction documents, and the Firm’s Energy team led on the due diligence process and industry-specific documents. Along with other key deals, Dentons work with TNB contributed to the Firm winning ‘Firm of the Year for Projects, Energy and Natural Resources’.
Value: £171 MN Firm of the Year for Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019
Dentons advised MTR Corporation and Deutsche Bahn/Arriva on their joint, winning bid to operate the new London Overground Rail concession by Transport for London.
London Overground, an urban railway serving 20 London districts, has significantly enhanced public transport in the UK capital, including supporting delivery of the London Olympics and Paralympics. It has seen £1 billion of investment in new infrastructure and £220 million of new rolling stock.
The work provided by Dentons extended to all aspects of the successful bid, including commercial and regulatory advice on the contract, and expert advice on rolling stock issues, pensions, real estate, technology, intellectual property and employment.
It is an example of advice we have given on bids, mobilisations and operations relating to more than 30 rail franchises/concessions around the world, and helping clients gain market entry and expand their businesses.